Our skin is the body’s largest organ. It serves as a barrier between you and the environment; helps regulate body temperature and acts as a filter. Skin is in a constant state of growth with old cells dying as new cells are formed. Your skin is affected by every aspect of your life from what you eat to where you live. Healthy skin is better able to fight signs of aging, heals faster and aids in preventing diseases. Proper skin care is a must if you are concerned about your physical appearance. Your face is a mirror of physical and emotional well-being. Healthy skin appears full and vibrant and tends to glow while unhealthy skin can appear sallow and dull. Wrinkles develop easier and sink deeper when your skin is dehydrated. As your skin loses elasticity it sags, appears thin and is more likely to scar.
Proper daily skin care takes approximately five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night. Daily skin care is also recommended for people around puberty and requires the same four steps of cleansing, toning, moisturizing and protecting.
Proper skin care combined with several other elements results in healthy glowing skin. These elements include:
- A good home care regimen
- A well balance diet
- Adequate water intake
- Limited exposure to the sun
- Regular exercise
- Sufficient rest and use of professional skin care treatments and products.
Daily care should include a minimum of these four steps:
Cleansing is the first step specifically to remove dirt, makeup and environmental pollutants from the surface of the skin. A product that does a not strip the skin of natural oils and essential moisture should be used.
Toning helps to further cleanse and balance the PH of the skin.
Moisturizing to replenish and balance moisture as well as oil and to compensate for the unavoidable losses from aging and exposure to the environment.
The final step is protecting the skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Sun exposure is the number one cause of skin cancer and premature aging. Studies have shown that 90% of wrinkles are causes by excessive sun exposure and only 10% by the natural aging process.
There are several additional care items that can be incorporated into the home regimen. Two of the most common are the use of an exfoliant and masks. An exfoliant provides deeper cleansing of the pores, increase moisture retention, improves circulation and makes the skin smooth. A facial mask is designed to provide the skin with necessary and desired benefits. There are many options available for treatment masks. The key ingredients will help determine which is the most beneficial for a specific skin type.
There are five general categories of skin types which include normal, dry, oily, combination and mature aging skin. A skin care professional is trained to analyze the skin and identify the skin type. This step helps to determine which treatments and products are most beneficial. Receiving regular professional facial treatments as often as once a week or once per month helps keep skin in optimum health and condition. Other benefits include relaxed muscles, soothed nerves, correction of minor skin problems and improved circulation. Many common skin problems can be improved with regular facials combined with a proper home care regimen.